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Postby Terry_Pepper » Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:20 pm


McGulpin Point is once again an active aid to navigation

Despite a weather forecast calling for overcast skies and a 40% chance of thunder showers, Saturday arrived with clear blue skies in Northern Michigan. Other than a brief 15-minute downpour which started right before Senator Debbie Stabenow was to officially reactivate the light, everything came together flawlessly.

An estimated 1,000 people showed up for the celebration, with many of them (Hersh included) enduring at least a one-hour wait to climb the tower to enjoy the view of the Straits of Mackinac from the new lantern, and to listen to yours truly drone on about the lantern installation and the new optic.

Videographer Dan Salas was one of a number of media folks in attendance, and Dan has already posted a video of the event on his website at http://www.positivelymichigan.net Scroll down the home page until you see the McGulpin Point section, click play, and enjoy.

GLLKA published a limited edition commemorative 16-page booklet on the history of McGulpin Point lighthouse for sale at the event, of which we have a few remaining copies. The book features historic images, correspondence and lighthouse plans along with photos taken during the raising of the new lantern. The book is available for $5.00 in the "Great Lakes Lighthouse History" book section in our online store at http://www.gllka.com

I will post some photos of the dedication as time becomes available over the coming few days.
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Postby LighthouseNews » Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:32 pm


Fantastic video, Terry. I'm so glad it was posted for those of us that couldn't be there. Everyone: Bonus in video is Terry in the tower.
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Postby NoahG » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:27 pm


I just watched the video. Excellent, excellent production. I'm so proud for the County and GLLKA.
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Postby Hersh » Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:32 pm


Many kudos to Terry and the GLLKA group for the great job done on McGulpin and on setting up the ceremony. I was fortunate enough to be in the building in line (closer to 90 minutes) for a trip to the lantern when the rain came. Here's a snap I got of our intrepid docent expounding in grand style on the wonder that is McGulpin Point light.

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And towards the end of my trip I stopped at a favorite scenic lookout on US 2 west of St. Ignace that has a great view of the straits. On a clear day you can see St. Helena Island, White Shoal, Gray's Reef, Waugoshance, and the Mackinac Bridge from there. And now, with the trees being cut down, you can see McGulpin Point poking out for the first time since 1923. ( I think it's 1923, I don't have my commemorative book in the office with me, but I'm sure glad I bought one! ) The road visible leading to the water is Headlands Rd., this is looking almost due south from the lookout.

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Tue Jun 02, 2009 7:51 pm


Wow! What focal length lens were you using to pull-in McGulpin that close from the rest area on Highway 2?
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Postby Hersh » Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:35 am


I was using my 80-400mm on the D300, so it had an effective field of view of a 600mm zoom. And I cropped the photo down a bit to make the tower easier to see. I sent you a TIFF of this one with much better color along with the others, Terry.
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:43 am


A wonderful accomplishment ...

The cooperation of all parties to get this done in such a short period of time should act as a model for restoration projects to follow ... The video was spectacular ... Terry's narrative the best ... and Mike, thanks for adding the stills ...
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:29 pm


As promised, here are some photos taken by my wife during the re-dedication ceremonies.
I spent the entire day locked in the lantern, and didn't have the time to take any myself......


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Although the ceremony was scheduled from 1100 to 1400, many people arrived early to
make the climb into the new lantern.

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One of the helos from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City circled the area a couple of
times at straight-up noon to catch everyone's attention, and announce that things were underway.

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A contingent of Boy Scouts from Troop 2 from Pellston, Michigan hoisted Old Glory to open the ceremony.

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GLLKA's indomitable President Dick Moehl served as Master of Ceremonies for the celebrations.

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Pastor Dave Wallis of the Church of The Straits in Mackinaw City gives the invocation.

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Members of the Little Traverse Bay Band of the Odawa tribe at their drum during the invocation

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Featured speakers Dr. Bill Anderson, retired Director of the Michigan Department of
History, Arts and Libraries and Frank Ettawageshik, Tribal Chairman of the Little Traverse
Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

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Poet Mary Stewart Adams reads her modern-day version of Edgar Guest's poem
"The Lighthouse Keeper Wonders", which she wrote especially for the event.

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An overall view of part of a small part of Saturday's crowd.

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The queue to climb the tower lead from here at the back door, all the way through the
dwelling to the bottom of the stairs, where groups of five were ushered to the second
floor to await the departure of the previous group. It was backed up like this all day.

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Here I am waiting at the top of the steps in the lantern for the next group of five to
make the climb to enjoy the new view of The Straits.

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Here I am laying a wreath over the wreck of the Cedarville which sank east of the
Mackinac Bridge in May 1965. Almost 100 people braved rough water and high wind
to cruise the Straits on this special commemorative lighthouse cruise.

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Finally, with everything packed up and the day's festivities over, the lighthouse
was left in peace and quiet to serve her solemn purpose.
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:52 pm


Thank you, Terry!
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Postby NoahG » Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:53 pm


:D :D
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Postby Blacktphoto » Sat Jun 06, 2009 1:02 pm


Thanks Terry. We visited the week prior to the ceremony and activities, but this post made us feel like we were there. Thanks also for posting a link to Dan's video.

When we visited McGulpin's Point it was after hours and the grounds were closed, so I captured this fimilliar (but at least current) image:

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I'm looking forward to visiting again soon and climbing the tower.

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Postby CHUCKX53 » Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:59 am


:D :D TERRY THESE LOOK FANTASTIC !!!! I can't wait to get up there later this summer for photographs ----- HOORAY !!!! Another Light Saved !!!
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:44 pm


Well worth the wait....Made it there August 20, an absoultely beautiful day.......
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:47 am


Chuck,

I am happy that you made it to Mackinaw City on one of the six days of summer we had between June and August in Northern Michigan this year!
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Postby Grover1 » Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:31 am


The first season ... From The Petoskey News-Review

http://www.petoskeynews.com/news/articl ... 002e0.html
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